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Steven Gerrard: I’d fly to Dortmund to convince Bellingham to move to Liverpool

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The Reds legend believes Anfield is the perfect destination for the young midfielder.

Steven Gerrard hopes Jude Bellingham snubs his non-English suitors and starts his Premier League career at Liverpool.

Bellingham has developed into one of the most promising midfielders in Europe since joining Borussia Dortmund in 2020.

Following his impressive World Cup campaign with England, transfer reports around Bellingham have intensified again in recent weeks.

Real Madrid are reportedly leading the race to sign the 19-year-old. But Gerrard believes a move to Liverpool makes more sense for Bellingham’s development.

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“All he needs to do is send his diary to me, when he’s got a free day,” Gerrard told BT Sport when asked about Bellingham’s possible move to Anfield. 

“I’ll fly to Dortmund personally, I’ll take him out for a nice dinner and we’ll talk about it.”

The former Liverpool captain added: “I think it’s important he stays in this country. 

“He’s 19 years of age. You talk about Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich; I know he’s doing it at Dortmund now, but them clubs are at a higher level than Dortmund and you can get swallowed up.

“There’s a lot of stars, and you can get swallowed up by making a move too soon.

“In my opinion, staying around England, staying around this country, getting developed, there’s still growth in him, and he can evolve, and I think staying in England until a certain age until he hits his peak years is very important for the boy now.”